Hagg Lake Trail - TRAIL

Hagg Lake Trail - Trail, Forest Grove, Oregon

14.5 mile. Trial goes completely around the lake. Sometimes veers onto the road. Varied terain, from mud to paved. Some steep clilmbs, but none very long. Nice scenery. Go for a swim afterwards.

User Reviews (48)

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congacat   Cross Country Rider [May 20, 2012]

Beautiful scenery, even when it is raining! Looks like a rain forest in spots. Varied terrain but gets challenging when it is wet. If you like to practice climbing up slick/muddy inclines, this one is great. The signage is sparse so easy to get off on dead end side trails that end up at some fishing hole. If you explore it enough, there are alot of great trails - intermediate when dry, more advanced when wet..

Customer Service

Clockwise around the lake; you'll have to take the road a few times to get around bridges, and the dam. If you watch carefully, you can get back on the trail after a short distance (the trail entrances from the road are marked fairly well).

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4
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3
emok66   Weekend Warrior [Jan 21, 2010]

A lot of negativity seems to surround this trail but I've been an avid Hagg Lake rider for about 6 years now. Lots of ups and down, but nothing severe. Fairly aerobic ride when visibility is high, but in the spring/early summer, tunneled in with blackberry bushes. People are not kidding about this: sleeves or scars. Personally in my 60+ times I've done the loop I have never had poison oak problems, but with the moist conditions, it seems logical.

Counter-clockwise: there is one spot where the bridge has been out for a loooong time and you'll have to re-route or carry the bike down a steep hill (unridable conditions). Pay attention to the signs.

Definitely a lot of families and fishermen out there in the summer so watch out. They have a tendency to setup right in the middle of the trail and act indignant when you ride up on them.

Customer Service

I'd say either way. Clockwise is popular and you are less likely to do a header into someone.

Similar Products Used: Browns Camp (Hwy 6, past Banks) and Rocky Point (Scappoose) are my other favorites.
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4
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4
Frisbeegreg   Weekend Warrior [Sep 01, 2009]

I started out at the gravel parking lot just after you cross the dam. The trail starts on the right side of the road about 200 yards past the parking lot. I rode in a clockwise direction and the total distance was around 14 miles. The ride was great with lots of singletrack through the trees and some short steep climbs to get the heart rate up. Most of the trail is well maintained but portions are not very well marked. I made a couple of wrong turns at some unmarked intersections and ended up on the lakeshore. The trail is totally dry this time of year. I will return for another ride as soon as possible.

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4
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3
Gary   Weekend Warrior [Aug 13, 2009]

We usually ride this trail each summer, sometimes also during dry spells in winter. Summer is often hot and the blackberries can be really nasty, but tasty as well. Allow an extra hour for picking and eating at big patches that overhang (and sometimes obstruct) the trail.

Nice combination of singletrack and quick elevation changes that can be lots of fun. Watch for high trail usage on weekends, including many walkers and a few trail runners. Take your novice singletrack friends here for some experience, as there are bail-out opportunities at frequent intervals.

To the reviewer that suggested a swim after riging - I trust you are talking about earlier in the year? In late summer the water looks foul and has a powerboat per square inch of surface area. I wouldn't wash my bike in it...

Customer Service

Start at large parking area at SE corner of lake. Tour CW. I have done it both ways, and the ride is similar, but most folks seem to go this direction.

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3
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3
Johnny Thunder   Cross Country Rider [Jun 10, 2009]

I was looking forward to riding this trail. With nearly 15 miles of singletrack close to a lake, what more could you want on a summer day. What a huge disappointment! Three reasons this trail doesn't live up to its potential: 1) No flow 2) Overgrown in most areas 3) too many pavement sections. With the exception of one mile through some old cedars tree and ferns, the trail has no flow where you can get into a zone and let it rip.

Customer Service

rode clockwise from first boat launch area

Similar Products Used: Post Canyon in Hood River
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2
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2
jbruxer   Weekend Warrior [Jun 06, 2009]

Who knew that Hagg lake would be so beautiful?!? Started out at boat launch area "C" and took the clockwise path. The west end was rather overgrown and not well maintained, but this was only for a couple miles. Once past the marsh, the trails were pretty clear and dry. Watch out for blackberry bushes and mud holes if its been raining. Depending on how fast you ride, and what the conditions are like, I would anticipate being there for at least 3 hours.

Customer Service

Clockwise

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4
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2
bschwantk   Cross Country Rider [Apr 03, 2009]

A very fun trail if you're not allergic to poison oak. Watch out if you are. I am and was destroyed by the stuff. Pretty fun trail though. The blackberries were a little bad, just a few scratches were worth the awesome blackberry lunch half way through. So august is an awesome time to go if you do. Winter sucked. Weird clay that packs into your tires and literally stops you in your tracks.

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4
VALUE
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4
jdpierce   Cross Country Rider [Oct 13, 2008]

Rode the Eastern half of the trail on the 12th. Rained about 5 days ago but the trail was fine. I can see where it would get really sticky/muddy in the winter and spring so I'd avoid it then.
I couldn't figure out why I felt so blah about the ride when I finished. Most of the reviews posted here are accurate. It's a well maintained loop trail with some good short climbs and descents to keep it interesting. It sucks when its wet or the blackberries have overrun the trail. So why isn't it more enjoyable? I settled on two things: You're riding a trail squeezed between the paved loop road and the artificial lake. You're never far from the noise of cars and jet skis. And $5 is a lot for the price of admission.
These are my problems and shouldn't discourage you from giving it a try. You could do a fun day with a picnic and the family and get some good riding in too. For me, Black Rock is closer, free, and way more interesting.

Similar Products Used: I actually had a better time on the Banks Vernonia rail trail. Could ride it with my wife and have a beer in Vernonia!
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3
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3
TommyC   Weekend Warrior [Sep 06, 2007]

Great weekday ride if you can spare the time, or weekend ride if you are in a crunch. The trail is fast, rutted, and relatively flat, but worth the ride every once in a while. Wear some long sleeves, I came back with cuts all over from the blackberries. Also, lock your car...lots of teens racing around the lake looking a bit unscrupulous. I took off at 6:45, went pretty fast other than a wrong turn, and ended up having to cut the ride short at the last section (parking lot used by the boaters) in order to be out by dark. I got back at 8:20, so you will need a little longer than this, at least when it is dry.

Similar Products Used: Not all that much furthur and you are in the wilson river/browns camp area.
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4
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3
johnstoc   Weekend Warrior [Jun 05, 2007]

Pretty fun singletrack loop around the lake. You will be on the road in a few places, but not for long. A few climbs and descents to keep the heart rate up.

Customer Service

Park anywhere, look for a trailhead and start riding. I ride it CW. When the trail dumps you out on a road, continue on and look for the next trailhead.

Similar Products Used: Browns Camp, at the summit of HWY 6.
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4
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3
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